If you don’t know who Yagazie Emezi is, it’s time to catch up — she’s on the verge of blowing up.
The social media star is making it her personal mission to change the way people think about modern Africa. But perhaps what’s so interesting about Emezi is that her ability to tell compelling, engaging stories is just the tip of the iceberg.
When I first met Yagazie Emezi a few years ago, the most striking thing about her wasn’t her big, glorious afro, or her effortless style — it was her voice. Deep, melodic, a pleasing blend of Nigeria (where she was born) with hints of the Southwest (she spent her adolescence in New Mexico). But it wasn’t just the sound of her voice, but the way she uses it to tell stories. Her tone is playful and earnest, intimate — she’s a pro at the dramatic pause.
It’s not surprising. When you ask Emezi what most inspires her, the answer is quick and definitive: “Stories, stories, stories… No filters, no staging, just the raw truth.”
You can witness Emezi’s uncanny knack for telling raw, unfiltered stories in her many vlogs on YouTube, where she has open and honest confessionals about everything from grappling with bulimia, to being an introvert, to the fetishization of interracial couples.
No topic is off limits, even uncomfortable ones. In the video below, Emezi candidly discusses her struggles with social anxiety in the very social world of Lagos.